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Best books for father's day - Share your thoughts and enter a draw to win a bundle of books for the family.

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 24-Apr-14 17:50:26

Don't panic it isn't upon us yet (15th June incase you're wondering) but after the interest in our round up of best books for Mother's Day we thought it would be nice to do the same for dear ol' pops. What better gift than the inspiration of a great book? (What's more they can be bought up to the last minute on Amazon and are the easiest gifts ever to wrap up).

We're in touch with publishers to find out what's new out there but we need your help. Post up what you think are the best book gifts to buy for father's day and why you think they will be appreciated. We'll close the thread on 30 May and everyone who's posted will be entered into a draw to win a bundle of books for all the family. We'll have the Best books for father's day page up and running with all the suggestions in plenty of time for Dh's big day.

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MadamBatShit Thu 24-Apr-14 19:27:22

Poems that make grown men cry - Anthony and Ben Holden
Nick Cave and Stanley Tucci, Sheamus Heaney and Alexander Pope.

If I had a halfway decent dad I'd give him this.

Roseformeplease Thu 24-Apr-14 19:34:27

A Voyage Around My Father - lovely book.

King Lear - to remind fathers that it is never good to play favourites and what you think you want from your children is not always what is best for you, or the family.

Persuasion or most Jane Austen novels - fathers are often absent, vain or foolish and it shows the impact of this on children.

Anything exciting - so they can escape parenthood into books (Rankin, Peter May, Tolkein)

ImAThrillseekerBunny Fri 25-Apr-14 21:47:53

The complete Game of Thrones (so far). Because every man I know seems to be reading them, and because no matter how imperfect a father he is, he'll never be as bad as Tywin Lannister, Balon Greyjoy, Randall Tarly or Craster.

DoctorGilbertson Fri 25-Apr-14 22:24:39

DH was re-reading Finding Happiness by Abbot Christopher Jamison recently. He said that it is a book to read once a year.

'Romeo and Juliet' - so that if they ever have teenage girls they will remember how very wrong Lord Capulet gets it.

A collection of Philip Larkin poems - because the silly old git managed to see beauty and love in the world, even whilst being a bit of a sod. And because his poems are both accessible and wonderful.

'My Dad' by Anthony Brown - to share with littlies

ScarlettDarling Fri 25-Apr-14 22:36:19

A good autobiography...mike Tyson, Suggs, Alex Ferguson. Every man I know loves an autobiog!

CheeseStrawWars Sat 26-Apr-14 12:16:32

DH likes something factual rather than fiction. Something science-y is usually a safe bet. The Naked Scientist book is good.

SarahAndFuck Sun 27-Apr-14 22:04:51

When I was pregnant I bought DH the Haynes Baby Manual, which is set out like the car manuals and talks through everything from conception to age 2.

It was a bit of a joke because DH rarely reads fiction but likes instruction manuals and 'how to' guides.

A couple of years later, when some friends of ours told us they were having a baby just before father's day, we passed it on as a joke Fathers Day gift and they were really pleased.

DS also bought a copy of My Dad by Anthony Brown one year so DH could read it to him, they both liked it.

CheeseEMouse Mon 28-Apr-14 09:57:54

My husband is really proud of where he is from, so something like the Pevsner architectural guide to the city he is from would be something he'd love.

ScarlettSahara Mon 28-Apr-14 10:08:03

My Dh likes all things science fiction-Asimov or Pratchett-bit OCD with the discworld books in that he likes them all in paperback to align nicely in the bookcase!
Would also choose something historical- last one that he found moving and interesting was Spitfire Voices-experiences of Spitfire pilots in WW2.

Ruby6918 Mon 28-Apr-14 14:46:15

i bought my dad ripleys believe it or not and he loved it, its full of mad stuff and crazy information too.

a brilliant read is the white queen and my dad borrowed it off me and loved it

and if he likes cars id recommened top gear My Dad Had one of those

Belo Mon 28-Apr-14 15:07:32

I bought my Dad Stoner by John Williams last year for Father's Day. It had been voted as the best book ever read by our book club at it's 3rd birthday celebration. It truly is an excellent book. Doesn't sound that exciting when you read the blurb on the back, but it is a beautiful piece of writing which really moves you. My Dad thought it was superb. If you or your Dad hasn't read this yet, then I whole heartedly recommend it.

bexter81 Mon 28-Apr-14 15:22:50

Got my husband I love my Daddy from our little girl and he absolutely loved it. They read it together and get to share some special time.

bexter81 Mon 28-Apr-14 15:22:58

Got my husband I love my Daddy from our little girl and he absolutely loved it. They read it together and get to share some special time.

bexter81 Mon 28-Apr-14 15:22:59

Got my husband I love my Daddy from our little girl and he absolutely loved it. They read it together and get to share some special time.

bexter81 Mon 28-Apr-14 15:22:59

Got my husband I love my Daddy from our little girl and he absolutely loved it. They read it together and get to share some special time.

iwantavuvezela Mon 28-Apr-14 16:34:05

Two book I have bought recently for my Dh which he enoyed are

Hemingways Boat by Paul Hendrikson


Charles Chaplin - My autiobiography

hotcrossmums Mon 28-Apr-14 16:49:33 I got my Dad this book about stamps. He really liked it, so much so that he ignored me for the rest of the day!

sharond101 Mon 28-Apr-14 21:30:18

Got DH a "Why I love my Daddy" book last year from Poundland and both he and DS love it. They still read it together every night.

Feenie Mon 28-Apr-14 21:40:18

Definitely The Good Father by Noah Hawley. Fantastic book about parental soul searching - very moving.

telsa Mon 28-Apr-14 22:47:33

My DH loves history - a trait he is bequeathing to our DD. So great books for him include a massive detailed version of the Bayeux Tapestry, the catalogue from the British museum's Vikings show, and, to feed his lighter side, anything on funk, soul, blues, jazz music, such as books by Nick Tosches, Barney Hoskyns , Charles Shaar Murray or David Ritz.

Willemdefoeismine Tue 29-Apr-14 11:13:42

The War Gaming Compendium by Henry Hyde

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